Campbell Newman’s newest funding cut could be putting lives in danger.
The government has allegedly just ordered firefighters not to use foam to put out fires -- except in the most “extreme” circumstances.
Foam is the safest and most effective way of putting out most fires, especially dangerous, highly flammable liquids like petrol and kerosene. The only problem? The Newman government seems to think it’s too expensive.
Last week, Channel 10 reported on the “cost-cutting” measure, and showed footage of firefighters trying to put out a fire in an empty car. It took them almost 30 minutes. With foam, it would have been out in seconds.
This isn’t just ineffective, it’s dangerous. Every extra minute that the fire burns means there’s a risk it could re-ignite, and exposes firefighters to smoke, toxic fumes or chemicals.
Campbell Newman says it’s necessary to pull funding from some of the community’s most important services. But in the meantime, he’s still found $80 million for racing, including a new greyhound track and goat racing.
Firefighters do some of our community’s most important, dangerous and life-saving work. They’re the last people Newman should be targeting with his cuts.
Please sign the petition and show Campbell Newman the public won’t stand for this.